October, 2011 

Upcoming Events & Training Opportunities:


CLASS: Easy Everyday Evaluation, Thursdays: October 20 - November 3, 6:00-8:00, Fort Lewis College. $65 (partial scholarships available.) Evaluation is an essential non-profit best practice - learn why, and how to create a basic framework for evaluating your organization's effectiveness. Part of FLC's Nonprofit Management series - click HERE for more information or to register. 


EVENT: National Prescription Drug Take-back Day, October 29, 10:00-2:00. Visit the DEA Website  to learn more.

TRAINING: Get Grants, November 7, 9:30-4:00, Durango. $55. Learn best practices in grantwriting, tips for success and funding sources in this workshop sponsored by CRC. For more information or to register, click HERE


CLASS: Conflict Resolution Strategies and Tools for the Nonprofit Sector, November 7 and November 9, 6:00-8:30, Fort Lewis College. $55 (partial scholarships available.) Conflict happens! This highly interactive class will explore the contributing factors leading to conflict, and arm you with tools to work with conflict. PArt of FLC's Nonprofit Management series - click HERE for more information or to register. 






Many thanks to RSAPP's Generous Funders:


Serve Colorado


 Commission on Community Service)


El Pomar Foundation 


Daniels Fund


Telluride Foundation


Anschutz Family Foundation



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Welcome to RSAPP's Monthly e-Newsletter!

RSAPP, or Regional Substance Abuse Prevention Partners, has the long-term goal of decreasing youth substance abuse in Southwest Colorado. RSAPP's vision is: engaged, thriving youth invested in strong communities throughout our region. With our e-Newsletter, we aim to keep you informed about substance abuse prevention happenings, issues, events, activities, trainings, gatherings, successes and challenges here in Southwest Colorado.

Meet the New RSAPP AmeriCorps Team!
2011 AmeriCorps Team
     RSAPP's 2011-2012 AmeriCorps team is on board and ready to get things done! The first two weeks of October were a whirlwind of training: first a 3-day Orientation at the beautiful Sophia Peace Center in Dolores, and then the 3-day State Service Conference in Buena Vista. Members are now back in their communities, serving as Community Prevention Organizers at youth centers, schools, health departments and community organizations throughout Southwest Colorado.
     A BIG welcome to new AmeriCorps members Ian Altman, CJ Folmar, Mike Glover, Tyra Hughes, Elizabeth Mieritz, and Tina Schroeder.  And a BIG welcome back to second-year members Kristy Chadd, Julie Danjou, Catherine Goraj, Cindy Lou Houston, and Nicole Schnee. To learn who is serving in your community, or for more information about the program, contact Cathy Cowles

Positive Community Norms 101
Jeff Linkenbach
Dr. Jeff Linkenbach explains the Gap

      Prevention providers from throughout the region gathered at Fort Lewis College on October 13 to learn about the Positive Community Norms (PCN) model. PCN is a community transformational approach to health and safety issues which is supported by extensive research.  PCN integrates leadership, positive norms communication and prevention portfolio integration. With its philosophical roots in the Science of the Positive, PCN balances hope and concern.    

       The workshop was presented by Dr. Jeff Linkenbach, a pioneer in the social norms approach and the developer of PCN. Jeff is an internationally renowned research scientist who directs the Center for Health and Safety Culture. As a fort Lewis alum, he has an appreciation for our region. 

       Locally, the 4 Corners PCN Group has been meeting twice a year to study PCN, learn from each other, and share our experiences. Most of us find the PCN approach to be an effective, inspirational and applicable model for our work in prevention. To learn more about PCN, visit the Most of Us website. To join the 4 Corners PCN Group's e-mail list, contact Cathy Cowles   

    The October PCN Workshop came together thanks to a potluck of contributions from regional organizations, including FLC's Student Wellness Initiatives, School Community Youth Collaborative, KSJD Dryland Radio, San Juan Basin Health Department, OMNI Institute, Alpine Bank, and RSAPP. 

RSAPP AmeriCorps Member of the Month: Julie Danjou 

Julie Danjou
Julie Danjou: RSAPP AmeriCorps member serving Silverton


     Julie Danjou is an RSAPP AmeriCorps member serving a second year-long term at the Silverton Youth Center. You can find Julie at the SYC every afternoon and evening except Sunday. She chaperones during 

unstructured "hang-out time," and also plans activities like movie nights, birthday celebrations, mad scientist activities and monthly all-night lockdown parties. Julie works with SYC's Youth Advisory Council (the "YAKs") to plan activities and events at the Youth Center and in the community.

    While Julie has been involved with SYC for several years, it was only after she became an AmeriCorps member that Julie began involving the Youth Center kids in the commuity. Julie recruited youth to participate in her service projects on MLK Day and Colorado Cares Day, and the idea took off. She says it's about "letting the kids know it's not always about them, it's about giving back to the community. The Silverton community has been behind the Youth Center 100%."  You will frequently see Julie and a bunch of kids out weeding parks, painting trash cans, or picking up trash. Silverton is a tiny (less than 600 people!) high-altitude (9,305 feet!) town, and this close-knit community notices when its youth contribute!

     Another way Julie and the SYC kids have gotten involved in the community is by connecting to its past. During a cemetary clean-up, the kids were moved by the story of a baby boy who died in 1910, and who didn't have a gravestone. The kids decided to adopt his grave, and have earned enough money to purchase a headstone for him. Julie even contacted his living nephews, who came up to Silverton to talk with the kids.

     RSAPP is fortunate that Julie decided to serve a second Term. While she admits that she's not a fan of social media, Julie is a great communicator, and freely shares her experience and ideas with the regional team. Julie is always positive. She likes to say, "I'll worry about tomorrow, tomorrow."

     Small-town life isn't new for Julie - she was born and raised in a tiny town in Pennsylvania. In 1969 she got married and moved to California, where she raised two sons, who have given her 2 grandchildren. Julie loves reading, antiques, travelling, and being in the mountains, but the thing she loves the most is working with kids. It's no wonder that she is known as "the grandmother of Silverton!"

National Prescription Drug Take-back Day: October 29

      The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is sponsoring a Drug Take-back event on October 29. Law enforcement agencies across the country will staff take-back locations, so the public can safely dispose of their unused and unneeded prescription drugs. Many teens feel that prescription drugs are "safer to use" than street drugs, and they can be easily obtained froRx Drug Take-backm the medicine cabinets of friends and family.  A 2008 report from Columbia University's National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse showed that teens say that prescription drugs are now "easier to get than beer."

       On April 30, 2011 the DEA and local law enforcement agencies in Colorado collected 14,114 pounds of unused medications from the public in 4 hours.

       In Southwest Colorado,  Prescription Drug Take-backs are currently planned for Cortez (in the Noteh-dine parking lot) and Ignacio (Ignacio Police Department.) It's not too late to set up an event in your community - contact your law enforcement agency and go to the DEA website to learn how to make it happen. And be sure to check your medicine cabinet, and spread the word! 

10 RSAPP AmeriCorps Members Graduate


      On September 26, 10 AmeriCorps members and their fans came together to celebrate the successful completion of a year of service.

     And what a year it was! RSAPP AmeriCorps members implemented 147 Programs Projects and Activities with 2,466 youth - wow! All 10 AmeriCorps members strongly agree that they increased their personal and professional skill sets, and all 8 Site Supervisors strongly agree that  hosting an RSAPP AmeriCorps member increased their organization's effectiveness.

      Graduation highlights included a photographic year in review slide show, a mathematical equation demonstrating that the team's contribution = infinity, and a bingo game summarizing what members received.

   Hearty congratulations are due to each 2011 graduate - as well as a HUGE thank you for all that they got done this year!


2011 Graduates

RSAPP's Class of 2011


RSAPP Receives Tax Exempt Status from the IRS
     After years of operating under fiscal sponsorship, RSAPP was recently awarded tax exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code. We anticipate that this status will better enable us to serve and support the communities of Southwest Colorado, and ultimately help us work towards our long term goal of reducing substance abuse amongst Southwest Colorado's youth.

Thank you for being part of RSAPP! If you have any submissions for next month's newsletter, please send them to me.



Cathy Cowles

RSAPP Program Coordinator